An alabaster quatrefoil dish

漢白玉四葉草形託盤

Tang dynasty, 618–907, China

唐 618-907 中國

Height: 6 cm, 2.4 inches

高6釐米

Width: 23.8 cm, 9.4 inches

寬23.8釐米

The alabaster dish is carved in the form of four plain acanthus leaves organised in the form of a cross, and supported on four rectangular feet carved with a rope design and pierced with a central hole. It was used most probably for offerings and would, therefore, have been accompanied by a set of cups – as in the known examples that exist in glazed terracotta of the same period.

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